Wonderful essay and comments.

Thank you.

Automimesis and anthropomorphism are inherent aspects of who we are as humans.

Book authors subconsciously (or consciously) engage in automimesis in their writings, and artists subconsciously (or consciously) engage in automimesis in the portraiture they craft.

Jacques- Louis David in his Napoleons, il Parmigianino in his Anthea, and even Leonardo in his La Gioconda, betray automimesis.

I first learned about automimesis many years ago in Simon Abraham’s essays, which he collated at:

Every Painter Paints Himself | EPPH |

Art's Masterpieces Explainer


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Welcome to substack Ben! Still a huge fan of Res Obscura. Looking forward to following.

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Thank you so much Jessica! Really liked your book by the way.

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